SUPER EASY SPANISH RICE WITH VEGGIES SIDE DISH RECIPE
We’re on budget & trying to save money any way we can! I started a graphic t-shirt shop & feel like it’s a dream come true! But with the dream comes some added costs. I’m dedicated to finding extra money in our family budget, so I can continue to live out my small shop dreams! You can find all of our cute & comfy graphic t-shirts here!
You can find all of our money saving tips & some of our financial freedom story in these blog posts. We’ve taken Dave Ramsey’s advice & jumped on the beans & rice diet. Here are 2 things I’ve learned about this diet; a. it’s actually easy & delicious & b. it really is cost-friendly meal planning. So Dave Ramsey, thanks for the mealtime budget tips!
Meal planning tip:
I cook our beans in a crockpot for the week & our Spanish rice usually on Monday. We use many variations such as adding fish or another protein. We like to make bean & cheese burritos & the list goes on! Sign up for our e-mail list at the end of this post & be sure to stay up to date on our recipes, t-shirt sales & so much more! The rice & beans last us until about Wednesday & sometimes longer! I cook 2 cups of rice & I’ll share the rest of the recipe here;
Here’s what you’ll need:
Oil // we prefer coconut but any will do!
Rice // we prefer Jasmine, but any kind of white rice will do!
Canned // Diced tomatoes or tomato sauce (we use 1/2 can)
Chicken seasoning // we use the organic free range chicken liquid broth concentrate (sigh) from Sprouts Farmers Market
Seasonings // garlic powder, salt & pepper
Garnish // 1/4 c cilantro & 1/4 large or 1/2 small onion
Heat 2 T oil in pan on medium
Add 2 c of rice (or whatever portion you prefer, note: my receipt is for 2 cups)
Toss in pan until light brown
Add 1/4 large onion (1/2 if smaller onion)
Toss in pan until glossy
Rice should be fully brown by now. Add in 1/2 can tomato or tomato sauce & stir into rice & onion.
Add 4 cups of water. You’ll want to double the portion of water for whatever amount of rice you’re cooking (ex: I’m cooking 2 cups of rice here so I’ll need to add 4 cups of water).
Stir all ingredients together.
Add seasonings // garlic powder salt, pepper, chicken broth & cilantro, stir.
Bring everything to a boil.
Add 1/2 bag of frozen veggies.
Lower heat to lowest & cook for 15-20 minutes more until rice is done. Check @ 10 minutes.
Thanks to my mama for the recipe. I used to think I needed to cook everything exactly as I was taught. As I’m in the kitchen more & more, I’m learning that it’s all about creativity!
I need to get creative for so many reasons; #momlife & changing tastebuds, #budgetlife & because who wants to run to the store with 3 small kiddos for 1 ingredient?!
Eating healthy & staying on budget definitely requires some planning & prep! But in my opinion it’s always worth it! I’m a work in progress on the planning, but progress over perfection, always!
So if you everything except frozen veggies I would say skip ‘em & just make the rice. If you have garlic salt instead of garlic powder & salt, use what you have. If you only have fresh tomatoes, dice those babies up & put them in the the blender, or dice them up & thrown them in! Making the recipe your own is where the joy's at! Cooking is so much fun & I’m learning that rules make is less fun, lol!
I hope this side dish recipe helps you stick to your budget & as delicious as you’d hoped!
I’m a big advocate for using what you have to make simple, healthyish & delicious meals!
With grace & coffee!